Kennel Club announcement re: Challenge Certificate allocation

Hello everyone.

Those of you that are interested in showing may have recently seen announcements in the dog media about CC allocation post 2024.
The KC has been working towards rationalising the number of breed clubs and the CCs allocated to them for a few years. This has been a very contentious matter as you might imagine. If this goes ahead this will impact upon us as 4 sets of the 19 sets of CCs that are currently allocated to us come via Rough Collie breed clubs and the Kennel Club’s proposal is to seek a reduction in the number of Rough Collie breed clubs, thus potentially reducing our CC allocation by 4 sets.

Included below is a letter received which sets out more detail and which invites us to attend a meeting to discuss this at the end of November. There is still a lack of clarity about this; the definition of breed club in the letter is not clear. But I am writing to you now to ask for your views so that when I attend the meeting on 30 November I am better representing exhibitors views.

Please post your thoughts as comments below or email me by 28th November 2020.

Bev White
Chairman, SCCGB

Dear Secretary

Re:      Challenge Certificate Allocation 2024-2028

We wrote to all breed club and council secretaries recently to advise that The Kennel Club plans to introduce a new model when allocating Challenge Certificates (CCs) for shows held from 2024 onwards. The full announcement is on our website here.

We appreciate that there may be some concern within your breed that this announcement advised that the rotation of CCs at breed club level will no longer feature in the new way forward. We are therefore keen to contact the breeds where rotations currently take place as soon as possible to arrange for a discussion so that we can work together to find a way forward for the breed club allocation.

We would like to reassure you that there will be no reduction in the total number of CCs available at breed club level in the 2024-2028 round.

The situation within your breed is as follows:

Rough

The Rough Collie breed has an average entry of 96.1 dogs calculated over a five year period. This places the breed in CC Allocation stage 9 (90.01-115) where the allocation is 26 sets at general championship shows (including the National Working & Pastoral Breeds Association show) with 13 sets at breed club level to potentially include the Scottish/Welsh and Scottish Breeds shows.

The rotation of CCs at breed club level as agreed by the Breed Council shares 13 sets of CCs amongst 14 clubs with one club dropping out of the allocation annually.  The number of sets of CCs at breed club level is protected for the 2024-2028 allocation.

As announced all breed club rotations will no longer be featured in future allocations, which requires a pragmatic solution to reduce the number of clubs allocated CCs for the breed. 

Smooth

The Smooth Collie breed has an average entry of 29.8 dogs calculated over a five year period. This places the breed in CC Allocation stage 2 (22.01-30) where the allocation is 13 sets at general championship shows (including the National Working & Pastoral Breeds Association show) with 2 sets at breed club level.

The breed club allocation is currently set at 5 sets of CCs and features 4 clubs with an annual allocation and a rotation of one set between two clubs on an alternate annual basis.  The number of sets of CCs at breed club level is protected for the 2024-28 allocation.  As announced all breed club rotations will no longer be featured in future allocations, which requires a pragmatic solution to reduce the number of clubs allocated CCs for the breed.

Please note the general and group championship show figure quoted does not include any CCs which might be allocated to the Belfast DSS Championship show.  The allocation for this show is outside of the main allocation for all other shows.

To discuss the options available to your breed, we would like to invite you to attend an initial meeting on Monday 30th November at 6pm. We apologise for not offering a range of dates but there are 12 such meetings to arrange and we hope that this gives enough notice to make the necessary arrangements.

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions this places upon us all, we propose that these meetings are carried out remotely by video conferencing.

We invite you to nominate a representative to attend this meeting on behalf of your club/council. We are sadly unable to offer more than one place per club/council however, due to the number of clubs concerned and the wish that each should have the opportunity to have their say in the meeting.

Please could you email my PA, James Skinner at to advise who will attend on behalf of your club/council? James will then send a Microsoft Teams invite to the attendees ahead of the meeting.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Kathryn Mansfield

Kennel Club Secretary

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